This brutal year takes yet another one of the great movie stars. Gene Wilder, King of mania and sweetness, has died of complications resulting from alzheimers.
The attached obituary is way better than I could write, but I found it touching that he decided to withdraw from public life than upset his fans, and he took leave from acting to care for his sick wife.
He was king of the ridiculous quip, but always tempered his silliness with sweetness. He was a unique actor, and will be much missed.
God Bless, thanks for all the laughs.
Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83
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